Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables

Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables

1st Edition - August 1, 2018

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  • Author: Umezuruike Opara
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021200

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Managing Quality of Fruit and Vegetables covers the application of proven and novel industrial approaches to quality management of fresh produce that have become common practice among local and global fresh produce chains while also covering the latest postharvest technologies for maintaining quality and safety. In addition, it addresses the impacts of emerging global challenges, such as climate change, the role of fruit and vegetables on nutrition security, and the development of future postharvest technologies to maintain quality and safety. Both academics and post-graduate students studying fresh produce supply chains and industry professionals will find this book extremely useful. Split into three broad themes, the book brings to light the latest developments on the biochemical and physiological basis for the quality of fruit and vegetables, the industrial approaches to quality management of fruit and vegetables, and the latest advances in postharvest technologies for controlling and maintaining quality.

Key Features

  • Covers the biochemical and physiological basis for quality of fruit and vegetables
  • Highlights industrial approaches to quality management of fruit and vegetables
  • Provides information on advances in postharvest technologies for controlling and maintaining quality


Professionals working in food production (postharvest physiologists, packinghouse operators, co-operative auctions, refrigeration technologists); academics/post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students studying fresh produce supply chains and technology

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Importance of fruit and vegetables in food systems
    1. General introduction (FAV in food and nutrition security)
    2. Global trade in fruit and vegetables
    3. Global trends affecting quality management of fruit and vegetables
    4. Postharvest losses and waste of fruit and vegetable

    Part 2 Biochemical and physiological basis of fruit and vegetable quality
    5. Growth and development
    6. Maturity, ripening and senescence
    7. Respiration, transpiration and weight loss
    8. Pre-harvest factors affecting postharvest quality

    Part 3 Industrial approaches to quality management
    9. Approaches to quality management
    10. Quality management systems

    Part 4 Maturity and Quality Indicators
    11. Maturity – Assessing readiness for harvest
    12. Definition, perspectives and orientations of quality
    13. Techniques and procedures for measuring quality

    Part 5 Harvesting and Postharvest Handling
    14. Harvesting and field preparation
    15. Precooling techniques
    16. Packhouse operations – sorting, grading and packing
    17. Treatment of fruit and vegetables (ripening, pests, diseases and disorders)
    18. Mechanical damage of fruit and vegetables

    Part 6 Storage and Packaging Technologies
    19. Refrigerated storage
    20. Hyperbaric/Hypobaric storage
    21. Controlled atmosphere storage
    22. Logistics packaging (for bulk storage and transport)
    23. Modified atmosphere packaging (for retail and consumer handling)

    Part 7 Emerging Issues in Quality Management of Fruit and Vegetables
    24.  Climate change and postharvest quality
    25.  Nutrition-sensitive postharvest management
    26.  Branding and marketing of fruit and vegetables
    27.  Quality standards and food waste
    28.  Next generation postharvest technologies for quality management (the role of emerging postharvest innovation triad – biotechnology, nanotechnology and ICT)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 720
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2029
  • Published: August 1, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021200

About the Author

Umezuruike Opara

Professor Opara serves on the advisory board of international organisations such as the Horticulture Innovation Lab of the Feed the Future Programme in the USA. He is the honorary vice president of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) and honorary chair of the CIGR Section VI: Postharvest Technology and Agro-Processing. He also chairs the International Society for Horticultural Science's Vegetables Section (Roots, Tuber, Edible Bulbs, Brassica & Asparagus). He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Postharvest Technology, and has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and industry journals. He has given over 150 oral presentations at international conferences, including several invited keynotes addresses and served in expert panels related to food security, value addition and agricultural transformation. This member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) graduated in agricultural engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and holds a PhD from Massey University in New Zealand.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology, Postharvest Technology Research Laboratory, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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